Former Sheffield Wednesday winger Adam Reach is set to become the latest addition to Valerien Ismael’s West Bromwich Albion side, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.
With funds tight at The Hawthorns – much of those parachute payments have been swallowed up by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic – the Baggies deserve plenty of praise for the way they have gone about their business this summer.
Should Reach arrive, West Brom will have signed three proven Championship performers without spending a single penny in transfer fees.
Alex Mowatt was the captain fantastic of Ismael’s coupon-busting Barnsley side while Matt Clarke, the Brighton loanee, impressed during two seasons at the heart of Derby County’s defence.
Will Adam Reach join Mowatt and Clarke at West Brom?
Reach, meanwhile, became a free agent after Sheffield Wednesday were relegated to League One.
Blackburn Rovers were interested but, according to reports coming out of the Midlands today, the 28-year-old former Middlesbrough man is expected to swap Wednesday for West Bromwich instead, offering some much-needed competition in the wide areas.
The versatile Reach, who can play in attacking or defensive roles, was one of the Championship’s most influential forwards not so long ago, producing eight goals and seven assists as recently as the 2018/19 season.
His eye for the spectacular – who could forget that 30-yard screamer against Marcelo Bielsa’s still embryonic Leeds United side? – should quickly make him a popular addition to Ismael’s squad.
“He has been a top player for me since I have come to the football club,” former West Brom and Sheffield Wednesday manager Tony Pulis told Yorkshire Live during their time together at Hillsborough.
“I have been really pleased with his attitude and commitment to the team. He has got a wand of a left foot.”
Reach’s output could also compensate for the departure of Matheus Pereira. The Brazilian string-puller has not featured in pre-season as he pushes for a move back to the Premier League.